Cheers to the wonderful work that Chef Jitty is doing. The students in her program are not only learning culinary skills but they are also learning wonderful life lessons that they will benefit from for the rest of their lives. They are learning about public speaking, customer service, problem solving skills and so much more that these young adults will hold on to for many years to come. Chef Jitty you are such a great mentor to many and I know that this program will continue to be a success. Thanks for the great meals and for helping our greater community! We are so blessed to have you!
Jetty is an amazing woman! Her devotion to her students is wonderful and the students are really learning some great life lessons. Jetty is transforming their lives so that they can go,on and be successsful in life. The school and the students are lucky to,have Jetty.
Jetty is amazing! Her dedication to the program and her students is unsurpassable. She is an amazing teacher and truly cares about each students success. Jetty is a Lifechanger!
So many people talk about what needs to change in the world and so few actually step in to make that change. Her influence will alter the course of her student's lives. This impact is immeasurable.
It is impressive that Chief Jitty and the WWC program emphasize quantitative skills (knife) and qualitative (innovative = lack of power) skills while encouraging a respectful and learning environment. Transformational change within four years is amazing and attainable because Jitty set the direction, communicated and re-enforced expectations to her student colleagues. Real life learning and transferable skills - WELL DONE!!!
Chef Miedema manages to be a wonderful mom and teacher. She truly cares about people. Her classes are popular because she is the teacher. Her leadership and passion inspires her students to form a career path. She changes lives by giving young people hope and dreams while showing them the skills and attitude to make them productive members of the culinary world.
An amazing woman who is passionate about her students getting a head start on life.
What an amazing achievement and innovative idea! I’m so delighted to hear the tremendous impact of the program! Well done!!
The Peoria School system can be proud of Chef Jitty. With her coordination and imagination she not only created an atmosphere unique to a school cafeteria, she did it with the assistance of the students. She is teaching those students more than just how to prepare food. The students, their parents, the school system and the town have someone to look up to and be proud of.
I currently work for Peoria Public Schools as a painter. I first met Chef Jitty when we painted her class room, It was their I learned about the start of the upcoming lunch being served on Thursdays.
I came to first one and haven't missed one since, unless I was on vacation.
I have watched the program grow and have posted many fliers at the location I work at and have spread the word around town about the great value and experience Chef Jitty and her assistants provide. It quickly became known as the best $5 lunch in town.
The best part for me is seeing Chef Jitty and her students every Thursday. I call it my fine dining experience.
Chef Jitty has made a huge impact on these students. She is very calm and patient and well prepared. As a result of her demeanor the students can also learn in a very nurturing environment, as each student is always very polite as they serve you your lunch.
This is always a day of the week that I look forward to, seeing Chef Jitty lead in a very positive way, and the response it brings makes for a delightful experience.
She is a great instructor she helpedfind out what i wanted to do in life i had a passion to cook and being here everyday with hers made me realize thats who i want to be like she is a great rolemodel but a better instructor
From the first day I met Chef Jitty Miedema she has always been helpful and understanding. She has placed her passion inside making the WCTC Culinary Arts program awesome and it shows everyday. Her staff has been amazing in making sure our mentorship program is provided with a variety of foods every other week. She is a phenomenal leader and a great person. This nomination is well deserved.
Chef Jetty is an amazing member of our team here at WCTC. She is constantly trying to find ways to support her students and the staff. She is tough, you don't mess around with Chef Jetty and the students thrive because of that. She can "bark" orders in the busy kitchen on Cafe day and without hesitation, or talking back the students just react and do what she asks of them. She creates a real life restaurant environment for her students to learn in. This in return helps them to understand the flow and stress of a restaurant and when they go looking for jobs, they are an asset to that establishment. She has built the culinary program here from the ground up and has done so successfully. The students serve over 200 meals each and every week to the community. She gives students confidence that they didn't have before. They often come in her class quiet and shy, by their 2nd year, they will go up and talk to anyone. This is a trait that will carry them throughout their lives and help make them successful in everything that they do. I feel privileged to work with her and see the change in the students each year. She deserves this award and many others!
Chef Jetty is the best teacher I could have! I am a culinary arts student at WCTC and this is my last year in the program. At the beginning of me doing this I wasnt planning on even doing culinary after high school but being in this program with her teaching everything I know about it Culinary Arts is the only thing I could see myself doing in the future and I owe that all to her.
We have been going to the Woodruff Warrior Café for lunch for the last year and a half. We are never disappointed with any part of the experience. You always see Chef Jetty guiding and encouraging the student chefs, the servers, the host/hostess. She always comes around to each table to check on the 'customers' to make sure we are being served properly and timely and talks about her students' progress and is excited to tell of any good things happening with them. All the students are pleasant and seem genuinely happy to be in this class and learning all aspects of the culinary world. And, the food is always good and interesting! My husband and a neighbor are always with me, and they too look forward to each Thursday!
I’m writing a letter of recommendation for the WCTC – Woodruff Career and Technical Center’s Culinary program for our students in Peoria Public Schools and for its leader Jitske Miedema. We have one of the finest programs I’ve witnessed and I’m so thankful we have this opportunity in our school district for our students.
Our Peoria Public Schools Foundation exists to exclusively support our schools, students and staff. We have just come off our Third Annual 365 Breakfast. The breakfast is a fundraiser for our donors and friends in the community. We had over 230 guests in attendance and the event is held at WCTC where the culinary students make the breakfast. The breakfast is fantastic in every way. It is delicious and we get so many compliments on it, the food and students are one of the highlights of the breakfast. We thoroughly enjoy the interaction, the professionalism of the collaboration, and I must say that their instructional leader is top-notch. Jitske Miedema leads these students and has for the last three years and I’ve enjoyed working with her and these students more than I can say. She is a great mentor, encourager, teacher and she is a big reason the culinary program has grown and is so successful.
In my position, I get to work with many people in the community, and on so many different levels. Jitske Miedema has been one of my favorites to work with and watch how she works this program masterfully. I love the way she interacts with students, her colleagues and the community. She is inspiring and extremely dedicated and it would be incredibly cool for her to win on the national level.
Ms. Jetty is my daughter's favorite teacher. She challenges and encourages her daily to be the best culinary student she can be. She know when she needs that extra push to be successful. Ms. Jetty deserves this award.
Chef is the best! My mom has food allergies and she caters to her needs every week in spite of the number of people she has coming in and out of the cafe throughout the course of the day. The meals are delicious even though the students must keep the recipes are a secret... lol.
As a parent of one of her students, she's the best teacher my daughter has EVER had. She's both nurtured and matured my daughter in the 2 years she's been in the culinary program. Peoria Pubic Schools is blessed to have such a teacher.
Congratulations Chef Miedema,
What a valuable skill you are teaching our students. Not only will they be able to make a good living someday but as parents they will know how to prepare good nutritious food for their children!! I look forward to seeing some of your culinary students on the Iron Chef some day!
Ms Miedema has worked so hard to create an invaluable resource in our community! She is the ultimate "life changer"!
She goes above and beyond for the participants in this program. She caters to individual needs to the guests who come with any kind of allergies! She's very deserving trying to spread herself thin with the program, students, staff and her own family!
Jetty is an amazing teacher. Her dedication to her students is truly inspiring!
I am a regular at Warrior Way Cafe. The food is excellent, but most importantly, the students are so polite and well mannered. It is obvious that they are trained on far more than how much salt to add to the recipe!! Even if the youth do not pursue restaurant or hospitality careers, the lessons they have learned will help them have a much brighter future. Chef Jetty, along with the teachers she supervises, is definitely a life changer for the students in the Culinary Arts program.
Amazing would put it mildly just keep on doing what you are doing , and thank you!
In a community where access to good food and education don’t necessarily go hand in hand, this woman and her team are making that happen. She is changing the lives of teens in Peoria one lunch at a time. Brava on the nomination and good luck to Chef Jitty!
What a program. When I go it is nice to see these young people behave, be courteous, appear happy and seem to be enjoying themselves. They are not out running the streets but learning a skill/trade that will give them a future. This chief has gotten something going that will forever impact their lives , their future and make them productive. The food is top notch and service is always with a smile. For young adults to act this way you know they are emulating the people, instructor they are with. To have a program like this here in Peoria speaks volumes about her ability to interact, mentor and keep a successful program going. It takes a special person to do this and she fills the bill. There is choices in the food, a nice portion is served and it is goo. Enjoy watching these young adults learn a trade and a skill!!!
Chef Jitty Miedema lunches are always wonderful. The food taste very good and I would highly recommend it. Her student's behavior and attitudes reflect back that Chef Jitty is a wonderful teacher and role mode. Students appear knowledgeable and proud of the work they have done. Students report they are taking her class for more than one year. Chef Jitty's students are professional and courteous. Chef Jitty will come to your table and ask how things are going. I have enjoyed all of my visits.
Wow, Jetty is amazing! She has definitely poured her heart and soul into this program and the students are so lucky to have her as their mentor.